Burberry Reveals Its Spring Summer 2022 Collection

Lindsay Judge   |   28-09-2021

Burberry skipped the traditional London Fashion Week schedule earlier this month and presented its Spring/Summer 2022 collection with a lower-key event without an audience.


Designed by Riccardo Tisci, Chief Creative Officer the collection represents freedom and expression as classic pieces are deconstructed in new ways.



‘To me, this presentation really represents the freedom of our imaginations: how we dream to come alive.” The designer explained. “I wanted to move through a series of immersive spaces, each of them unique and unexpected in their sound, texture and experience. It’s that idea of flicking between the endless realities and fantasies we have at our fingertips each day.”



The presentation was titled “Animal Instinct” and was dedicated to Tisci’s mother Elmerinda.



Beginning with the classic Burberry trench which was reconstructed and rebuilt in new silhouettes the designer set the tone for a collection that was traditional but in new mixed-up ways. There was a play with volumes and materials that offered new shapes and styles. A sense of fluidity is brought to the trench and car coat through fluted and oversized sleeves on collarless and hooded shapes, plus capelets that are perforated or trimmed with leather – reinvigorating the traditional with a twist of youthful energy.



A kaleidoscope of geometric and experimental abstract prints – evoking the flowing forms of camouflage – and the ‘Universal Passport’ graphic adorns dresses and shirts, layered under printed sheer or mesh tops to create new harmonies of pattern. Geometric colour-block intarsia and prints on dresses and oversized sleeveless blazers.



Freedom of movement is explored through flowing cap-sleeved and halterneck gowns with thigh-high splits. Mini dresses are adorned with sweeping exaggerated fringing, frills and straps, and paired with juxtaposing oversized jackets.



An unstructured approach to British tailoring sees boxy-fit blazers reworked in sleeveless and backless cuts. Lapels are reconstructed as scarves to wrap over the shoulder. A chest plate with boned corsetry is subversively recast in smooth leather or as a hoodie in technical neoprene with a peplum hem.



In contrast to the oversized proportions, there are sexy figure-hugging silhouettes in stretch technical fabrications – exuding a mood of confidence that underpins the looks and elevates stand-alone pieces.



The new Rhombi bag was introduced for the first time. A new ellipse shoulder bag inspired by the abstract curved prints in the ready-to-wear collection. It can be seen presented in smooth leather in soft fawn and black, and in coated canvas in birch brown check.  The Olympia bag also makes a return this season with new interpretations.


Shoes come in the form of square-to calf leather sandals with a slim heel or flat leather sole.